Friday, June 4, 2010

Peace for Shabbat

So much has been said this week. If you're following me on Facebook or Twitter, you'll know that I have posted so many articles and editorials about the flotilla incident. Many of my colleagues and friends have been incredibly eloquent and succinct.

But for Shabbat, I just want to think about peace. I know, I know, it seems so trite and silly. I know that peace needs work, it needs partners, it needs dedication and commitment. I know.

But humor me a little as we head into Shabbat, okay?

What shall I ask You for, God?
I have everything.
There's nothing I lack.
I ask only for one thing
And not for myself alone;
It's for many mothers, and children,
and fathers
Not just in this land, but in many lands
hostile to each other.
I'd like to ask for Peace.
Yes, it's Peace I want,
And You, You won't deny the single wish
of a child.
You created the Land of Peace,
Where stands the City of Peace,
Where stood the Temple of Peace,
But where still there is no Peace . . .
What shall I ask you for, God? I have
Peace is what I ask for,
Only Peace.
by Shlomit Grossberg, age 13, Jerusalem


Minnesota Mamaleh said...

lovely and a perfect note to start shabbat on. thank you.

Paul Kipnes said...

Sweet. I concur.
Thanks also for the shout out.